We love dogs but we ask you to remember that not everyone does. We therefore welcome well-behaved dogs but they must be kept on a lead at all times. Please bring poop bags with you to clean up after your dog!
How much does entry cost?Easitill2023-06-08T08:16:18+01:00
Entry to our farm in Banstead costs £5 per person. FREE entry for children aged 12 and under. Car Parking on our farm is FREE. Mayfield is a dog friendly farm, however, we do ask you to keep your beloved pet on a lead at all times and pick-up any mess after your dog. Please note that there is a separate registration fee for professional photographers, film-makers and amateurs conducting shoots. Please note we do not permit Picnics.
What is the best way to get to our Farm in Banstead?Easitill2021-06-01T17:12:33+01:00
Please refer to the Visit section of our website for more detailed information.
By Car: You can also plan your journey using Google Maps or a Satnav using the SM7 3JA postcode.
By Public transport: There are several options to get to us easily.
Option A: Train from London Victoria to West Croydon and then take the 166 bus to our gate (this way can get busy when it is peak season)
Option B: Train from London Victoria to Sutton and take the S1 bus to Banstead (Woolpack stop) and then the 166 bus to our gate (slightly faster route)
Option C: Train from London Victoria to Purley Station, cross the road to the large Tesco and from the front of the store take the 166 bus to Oaks Park (top tip from a regular customer). The Oaks Park bus stop is directly outside our front gate.
Option D: Fastest route – Take a train from London Victoria to Sutton and take a cab from outside the station to our farm.
What is the best way to get to Mayfield Lavender Nursery and Gift Shop in Epsom?Easitill2021-06-01T17:12:33+01:00
We are unable to permit coaches to enter our farm as there is no space to turn once inside. Coaches should drop their passengers at the bus stop immediately outside our main entrance and the passengers should enter as pedestrians. Please send us an email regarding coach visitors before turning up and we can try to advise on local alternative parking. Passengers can be collected from the bus stop when it is time to leave again.
What facilities do you have at the Lavender Farm?Easitill2022-03-04T16:25:18+00:00
We have a lovely small shop selling all of our Lavender products and we have a very relaxed al-fresco café selling a delicious range of light lunches. We also sell ice creams and our famous lavender cream tea. We are licensed to sell a range of alcoholic drinks. We provide wooden tables for you to relax and enjoy your food but we do not permit food from outside to be brought or consumed on our farm. It simply generates too much waste packaging that is left for us to clear or dispose of.
We are on The Metropolitan Green Belt of London. This means that we are not permitted to build permanent buildings of any kind on our land. To overcome this we hire portable toilets as a convenience for our visitors. We are acutely aware that nobody likes portaloos (including us). However, in the absence of permanent facilities, they are a practical solution. We clean them several times per day and supply them with toilet paper. They are not ideal but they are the best option that is available due to the restrictions of the urban planning regulations.
Are picnics allowed?Easitill2022-05-17T13:09:32+01:00
Due to the growing issue of discarded rubbish we no longer permit picnics on our farm. Food can be bought from our café and consumed at the picnic tables provided at our café area but we ask that visitors do not bring food to the farm. We ask all visitors who have dined at our cafe to help us to recycle as much as possible.
What else is there to see and do in the area?Easitill2021-06-01T17:12:33+01:00
Our farm in Banstead is where we grow 25 acres of our lavender crop for organic oil and is open to the public from June 10 to August 20 to experience the loveliness of a sea of lavender! It also has a shop and al fresco café.
Our Nursery and Gift Shop in Epsom is 12 acres of lavender, fruit trees and glasshouses together with our permanent shop and cafe that is open all year round. From here we sell a range of plants, garden accessories and lavender products including toiletries, sachets and culinary treats.
When is the Lavender in flower? When is harvesting?Easitill2023-06-08T08:36:14+01:00
Parking is FREE to visitors who have paid the Entrance Fee of £5. Our car park has limited capacity so when it is full we must stop cars from entering. Weekends in July are the busiest time to visit. There can be 5 to 6 times as many people visiting on a weekend than during the week. Unfortunately, there is no local overflow parking available except for the occasional opportunity to use a local club car park when this is not being used for events. If this overflow facility is available then cars will be directed there (There may be an independent charge for parking there). If it is not available then drivers may have to return later when the volume of cars has reduced. Some local business people have also been offering their land for parking at a charge. They operate independently from us. 5.30pm is the last entry time for visitors to our farm and the gate to our farm is locked at 7pm so all cars must have been removed by then to avoid being locked in.
Do I need to book in advance?Easitill2021-06-01T17:21:47+01:00
While we encourage people to walk around freely between the rows of lavender we do not permit visitors to pick or cut the lavender so that the lavender remains beautiful for everyone to enjoy. We sell bunches of freshly cut lavender from our shop for those who wish to take a bunch of lavender home.
Is the farm accessible for disabled visitors?Easitill2022-03-04T16:22:10+00:00
Our farm has disabled parking close to the entrance (adjacent to the Shop and Café). The ground is reasonably level although there is a coarse covering of gravel on the road surface for cars which is normally manageable with some care. There is also a light covering of pea shingle in the shop area (outdoor) to assist drainage when wet and this is also manageable normally but care is also required as the ground is not totally level. There are no steps to negotiate but there are some short sloping sections to consider.
The surface of the cafe area is short grass.
There is a track around the perimeter of the farm and there is a footpath through the centre of the lavender with a grassed surface.
As the lavender has grown to a large size it does not allow easy wheelchair access between the rows but the cafe is immediately adjacent to the lavender so it is still possible to have a lovely view from there.
In general it is best to consider that it is basically a field that we open seasonally so while we do the best we can to make it accessible, care will be needed as the terrain varies.
Are there many bees?Easitill2023-07-10T13:07:35+01:00
We have many honey bees on our farm as they love lavender. These bees are busy collecting nectar to make honey and are not aggressive. Honey bees do not want to sting because if they do sting someone then they die.
However sometimes a bee may become entangled in clothes or hair and become panicked. In this case it may sting in self defence. We advise people that are concerned about the potential to be stung not to wear floaty clothes in which a bee may become entangled and if possible to also avoid exposed bare skin when walking through the lavender. Some people are allergic to bee stings and may have a reaction. In this rare case it will be necessary to phone for an ambulance..
If you are concerned or think you may be allergic to bee stings than you should seek medical advice before visiting our farm so that you can independently assess the risk.
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